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I have a cisco 2600 router and wanted to know if I setup a 2003 server, could I install vmware or virtualbox and add additional guests servers?

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I have a 3terrabye server and am going to installed 2003 server as the host os. this is going to be used with a cisco 2600 router and 1900 switch. I wanted to know if I could use vmware or virtual box to add additional guest servers. I also have 2 nic cards added as well.
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There should not be any problem with VMware. VMware server supports Server 2k3 as long as the host server is not a Domain Controller.

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Moman61:

Why would you put VMware on top of a 2003 server?  From everything I have read and from what I've seen running 2 ESX servers, installing VMware ESX on a box is much prefered over running it on top of a 2003 installation.  Is this a requirement placed on you?  The tweaked Linux that gets installed by the ESX installation disc does a much better of allocating resources to a wide range of OS types.
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I agree ESX is a much better solutions as long as your hardware is supported. But as of now only ESXi and VMware server are FREE.

So if you cant imbed ESXi on your server and you cant spend any money then server is the solution.

Just my opinion, i might be assuming too much
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Good point, that1guy15.  I wasn't thinking along those lines.  For me, if it is for business, then there is a return of investment in going with the real version.
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Yeah i agree ESX is the best solution from VM ware but i have set up several comanies with Server and 2k3 and all has been good for several years.

I guess it all depends on your situation
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by:bhanukir7
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Hi

Just wanted to add that though ESX3i is free the management interface is not there and you have to spend additional 2500$ for the VC and VCB options.

in which case VMware server which is free and comes with a WEBbased GUI to manage the VMs is a better alternate on the top of it, VMware server 2.0 includes support for VSS backup which makes the backup of VMs a little easy and cost free and brings it closer to being supported by MS as far as backup and restores are concerned.

If MS products appeal to you then its even better to opt for Win2008 with Hyper-v


Virtualization has unlimited options now, but VMware products are still top notch enterprise solutions if you have the money to pay.  If not the best option is either VMware server or win2008 Hyper-v

bhanu
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ok from what I just read, it seems like I need to have a separate domain controller server? or can I just install 2003 server, and then put vmware server on top of it and add other servers? I am not using ESX too expensive.
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Set up a host server with 2k3, then if you need a domain controller then create a VM with 2k3 and promote it to a DC. Watch your resources on your host server though because you can chew them up pretty quick with multiple VM's

My suggestion for VM software is VMware Server (free and runs good)
http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
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thank you! I have over 8gb of ram so Im good for additional VM's and this solution worked fantastic.
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